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Oral Argument Presented in Supreme Court Case Addressing the Level of Educational Benefit that must be Provided under IDEA

On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187, to address the level of benefit a school … Read more

Supreme Court to Revisit Rowley IDEA FAPE Standard for First Time in Nearly 35 Years

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187  to decide the question “What is … Read more

Superior Court Judge Rules Connecticut Education System Unconstitutional

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, Hartford Superior Court Judge Thomas G. Moukawsher ruled in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, x07 HHD 14-5037565-S, that the current Connecticut education system violates the state constitution.  … Read more

Commercial Agreements to Raise Additional Funds for School Districts May Not be Worth the Cost

In times of tight budgets, many school districts have turned to agreements with businesses in order to find an alternative source for school funds. The most common of these arrangements are exclusivity arrangements with corporations to sell or promote products, … Read more

Congress Passes “EduJobs” Bill; Will Provide $110 Million in Education Aid for Connecticut

On Tuesday, Congress passed legislation providing $26 billion in new education and Medicare aid to the states. The $10 billion in education funding included in the controversial legislation, commonly referred to as “EduJobs,” is intended to preserve teaching jobs. Connecticut … Read more

Connecticut Denied Race to the Top Grant

Despite the passage of educational reforms intended to bolster Connecticut’s Race to the Top application, Connecticut was not among the 19 finalists for the federal competitive grant program announcedon Tuesday, July 27, 2010. Connecticut has therefore been eliminated from Phase … Read more

“EduJobs” Bill at Crossroads

A controversial bill that would provide $23 billion in federal funding to preserve teaching jobs has lost momentum, but, according to proponents, still may be passed by Congress. Under the current version of the bill, which has been nicknamed “EduJobs”, … Read more

Obama Administration Outlines Proposal to Revise “No Child Left Behind”

The Obama Administration has provided a first look at the revisions that it is proposing for No Child Left Behind. According to a report in the New York Times, the proposed revisions would replace the Act’s requirement that schools and … Read more

First Accounting of Stimulus Package’s Impact Published

According to reporting completed by Connecticut school districts, funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”), commonly known as “The Stimulus Package,” saved or created 5,301 education jobs in Connecticut. The same data indicates that no ARRA funding has … Read more

Project Opening Doors Award Upheld

Project Opening Doors (“POD”) is a new program offered on a nation-wide basis through the National Math and Science Initiative (“NMSI”). POD is designed to increase the availability of Advanced Placement courses and to increase student achievement by providing students … Read more

Deadline for Executing 403(b) Plan Document Approaching

Employers that sponsor 403(b) plans, such as public school districts, have until December 31, 2009, to adopt written 403(b) plan documents in order to comply with the 403(b) Regulations issued by the Department of Treasury (“Regulations”). Although the Regulations originally … Read more

Burden of Stimulus Package Reporting Requirements Discussed

An Education Week article published today discusses the burden that the reporting requirements associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the “Stimulus Package,” has placed on school districts.  The Article can be found here.  … Read more

New Law Allows Towns to Reduce Budget Appropriations as a Result of Stimulus Package’s Direct Education Funding

The Connecticut General Assembly recently passed legislation permitting towns and municipalities to reduce their appropriations to school districts in an amount up to the funding received by the school district directly as a result of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund … Read more

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